- A local woman has shared her story of perseverance, falling pregnant in university and still managing to graduate with an Honours degree
- The plant sciences student had many challenges along the way but says counselling got her through the darkest times
- She's encouraged others not to be ashamed to seek outside help and has reminded students to stay focused on their goals
A local woman has certainly left Mzansi feeling encouraged after sharing her heartfelt story of overcoming the odds. Although Yolisa Base did not get the matric results she expected and even fell pregnant during her university years, the young woman overcame her struggles to secure an Honours degree.
Heading to the popular student forum Varsity World the young woman opened up in the lengthy post. After not doing as well as she had hoped in matric, Base decided to upgrade her results.
"In 2015 I decided to go to Midlands Community College in Nottingham Road to upgrade those marks. I did that successfully, I upgraded my Mathematics from 49% to 72% and in 2016 I got a place to study a BSc degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal," she writes
Her struggles with math and science certainly became a thing of the past because of her brave choice to hold out on university for one extra year.
"Mathematics and Physics in varsity became so pleasant because I could fully understand what was going on."
Things took a turn when Base unexpectedly fell pregnant in her second year. Choosing to keep the child, the student definitely struggled with academic pressures as well as the psychological pressures that come with learning you're a young mom.
But, seeing a counsellor got her through it.
"In the second year I fell pregnant then I started struggling academically because of the stress but by God's grace, I started going to our College psychologist where I got so much support."
"Therapy assisted me immensely throughout my pregnancy till I gave birth. In 2018 I gave birth and passed all my modules. In 2019 I completed my undergraduate degree and continued to complete my Honours in 2020."
The inspiring student has reminded others to take care of themselves and seek outside help where necessary. She's also encouraged others just like her to trust in God and stay focused on their journey's.
"I cannot stress enough the importance of taking care of your mental health as a student. If you do not everything falls apart. Students must utilize their school counselling facilities and stay focused," she ends.
Woman who once faced academic exclusion celebrates graduation: "Have Faith"
In similar news, Briefly News previously reported that one South African woman is definitely not letting her academic challenges through the years get the better of her. The recent Master's graduate has shared the many challenges of her journey and has encouraged others not to give up on their dreams.
Dimakatso Machetele's inspiring story was first shared by popular student forum, Varsity World. The brave young woman says her challenges began in matric after her final results did not permit her entry into university.
Frustrated but certainly not defeated, Machetele went on to re-write her matric in 2014 and finally gained entry into the University of Johannesburg.
"By God’s Grace, UJ had space for me just before the academic year commenced. During my first year at UJ, I failed two modules which resulted in me being an E1. That meant I had to pass all my second-semester modules or I’d be academically excluded. I managed to pass my first year and my undergrad.
" I graduated for my undergrad (BSc Life and Environmental Sciences) in record time," she shares.
Knowing full-well the challenges that would come if she chose to do her honours, Machetele decided to push on. Even while working a full-time job the young woman managed to complete her studies and is encouraging others to not give up on their dreams either.
She's also thanked the many educators and financial sponsors that have helped her along the way.
"I had to balance both school and work. I continued and did my MSc in Geography while working full time as well. I took a risk that I knew would pay out eventually. I’m grateful for the people who were part of my academic journey.
"May failure not defines one’s destination. The journey won’t be easy. It may be difficult and also emotionally tiring, but keep at it. Have faith. Work hard," she ends her inspirational post.
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Source: Briefly News